The reactivated original lineup of SPINESHANK — featuring Jonny Santos (vocals), Tommy Decker (drums), Mike Sarkisyan (guitar) and Rob Garcia (bass) — will release its fourth album, “Anger Denial Acceptance”, next year through an as-yet-undetermined record label. Produced by Sarkisyan and Decker and mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (PAPA ROACH, BUCKCHERRY), the CD promises to surpass everyone’s expectation of what SPINESHANKis capable of.
The official “lyric video” for one of the songs from the forthcoming effort, “Murder Suicide”, can be seen below.
“The songs on this record are more personal than anything we’ve ever done, and I think it shows when we play them live,” states Decker. “This is our most varied and challenging record yet, and I can’t wait to get out there and bring these new songs to life.”
“We’re not interested in living in the past, we want to push forward,” adds Sarkisyan. “We just finished the best record of our careers and we’re really excited to get it out there.”
In a recent interview with FrontRowRock.com, Decker stated about “Anger Denial Acceptance”, “It’s three of the stages of grieving, rearranged a bit. I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to; things ending, relationships, people. Members of this band have been through a lot in the last few years and it all came out in this record. This is the most personal record we’ve ever done. Everything you hear is real. The pain, anger and sadness come from a real place. It was not a fun record to make.”
When asked about the recording process for the new CD, Decker said, “The recording process was a lot different this time. It was the first record where we didn’t have an outside producer come in, we did it completely on our own. We also did it in different sessions. We’d write three or four songs and then go record them. Write three or four more and record them in a different studio. We actually took our Pro Tools rig to a cabin in Big Bear and did a lot of the vocals there. We were totally isolated from the outside world; we were able to fully focus and concentrate on the songs. It was a really cool way to record.”
SPINESHANK will be coming to a town near you on its headlining run beginning on September 29.
For a list of dates, visit the band’s Facebook page.
SPINESHANK‘s third and last album, “Self-Destructive Pattern”, was released on September 9, 2003. The album’s lead single, “Smothered”, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Metal Performance”.
Following his departure from SPINESHANK, Santos formed SILENT CIVILIAN, which released its debut album, “Rebirth of the Temple”, in May 2006. A follow-up effort, “Ghost Stories”, came out in May 2010 via Mediaskare/Century Media.